Lake effect snow shifts south for Thursday

Winter Storm Watches for parts of CNY

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"The added moisture will keep a daily chance at snow showers over northeast NY and northern Vermont Thursday and Friday but accumulation (dusting to 2") and impact will be very little. At 1:45 p.m., an area of heavy lake effect snow was located across the Northtowns of Buffalo, extending east to just north of Batavia.

West winds today will not be as strong as yesterday, but will still bring good lake effect snows in over parts of MI.

Some clearing is expected tonight and a shift in the wind should shut off the Lake Effect Snow. This is not a big snow accumulation event, but the chances of snow look better.

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The weekend should start quiet with clouds increasing Saturday in advance of a cold front which is slated to move through Saturday night with some snow showers and flurries.

Much colder air has moved into the state and will park here for a while. But...we will see how the system progresses. We will put potential snow totals out tomorrow for the event.

Overall this forecast can be summed up as cold, and rather dry - even with snow chances, there is not a lot of moisture to work with here for the next 10 days. Then Monday night through Tuesday, we see the snow intensity drop, but coverage expands to almost 75% of the state seeing some kind of snowflake action for the period through Tuesday. Periods of moderate to heavy snow are expected in the Southtowns and Southern Tier throughout Thursday and most of Thursday night. We see better sun chances on Sunday, and it will not be as cold. We see scattered little bits of action here and there, more nuisance than anything else but it adds up. Winds will become northwest and remain brisk today, coming in around 10-20 miles per hour. We should be closer to normal on Monday.

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